Russia's telecom watchdog starts blocking Telegram messenger

Russia's telecom watchdog starts blocking Telegram messenger

Roskomnadzor was implementing a decision handed down on Friday by a Russian court that Telegram should be blocked because it was in violation of Russian regulations.

The Roskomnadzor communications watchdog on Monday ordered internet and mobile phone operators to block access to Telegram within 24 hours.

The authorities, including Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB), argued that terrorist plot attacks on the app that boasts 200 million users.

Roskomnadzor intends to take measures to lock tools to use is prohibited on the territory of the Russian Telegram messenger.

According to Durov, complying with Russian demands is "not technically feasible".

Pavel Chikov, the lawyer who represented Telegram's interests during the court dispute with the authorities, wrote on Twitter on Monday morning that the Telegram.org website had become unavailable.

Russian Federation began implementing a ban on the Telegram messenger service for refusing to hand over encryption keys to security services, a move that forced Kremlin officials to switch to another provider for communications with media.

The media regulator sought to block the app because the firm had refused to hand over encryption keys used to scramble messages. The messaging service offers end-to-end encryption, meaning that Telegram itself has no access to the content of messages.

But the company said the way the service was built meant it had no access to customers' encryption keys.

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